Health Benefits Of Mushrooms

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For something that grows in cool, dark, damp environments, mushrooms are versatile fungi used in many culinary dishes and oh so tasty. But, did you know that mushrooms are medicinal as well? Yes, that’s right, mushrooms have many health benefits. In this article we will explore the health benefits of mushrooms and why you should consider adding them to your diet.

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What are the health benefits of mushrooms?

For something that grows in cool, dark, damp environments, mushrooms are versatile fungi used in many culinary dishes and oh so tasty. But, did you know that mushrooms are medicinal as well? Yes, that’s right, mushrooms have many health benefits. In this article we will explore the health benefits of mushrooms and why you should consider adding them to your diet.

Mushrooms have been used for medicinal healing long before physicians were indoctrinated into the general practitioners that we know today. Before pharmaceutical drugs were relayed upon to heal our aches and pains, natural medicine doctors would use the plants, roots and holistic healing practices which are now seen to be “alternative” in modern society.

Unfortunately the pharmaceutical drug companies dismiss the benefits of so many natural medicines. I think it’s wrong that natural medicines are dismissed in “modern medicine” when it is so clear that the health benefits are extensive and proven for centuries before pharmaceutical drugs were cooked up in labs.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic…

So, what are the health benefits of mushrooms?

Modern research shows that medicinal mushrooms help stimulate the immune system, assist with the healing of the kidneys, heart tissues and liver. Medicinal mushrooms have anti-tumour and antibacterial properties and have been used for the prevention and treatment of cancers.

They are gluten free, fat free, low in sodium, cholesterol, and calories. They are high in protein, copper, fiber, sterols, selenium, niacin, potassium, riboflavin, minerals, B and D vitamins. When mushrooms are cooked, they produce antioxidants called ergothioneine, which is amino acids containing sulphur.

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The magical components of nutrition in mushrooms

Niacin (B3) helps to balance cholesterol levels, promotes heart health, healthy digestive system, helps the nervous systems function properly, which promotes healthy skin.  Low niacin levels may cause digestive problems, insomnia, weakness and fatigue. High niacin levels may cause nausea or vomiting, dizziness, headaches, heart problems, low blood pressure, and skin reactions. Good sources of niacin can be found in peanuts, liver, meat, fish green peas and mushrooms

Potassium balances minerals in the body, helps with healthy nerve and helps muscles to contract. It improves your metabolism, helps control blood pressure, and maintains normal fluid. Low potassium levels may lead to hypokalemia which can cause muscle cramps and spasms, dizziness, confusion, diarea, fatigue and can be potentially fatal. High potassium levels can lead to hyperkalemia which can cause kidney failure and may be life threatening. Good sources of potassium can be found in yogurt, dark leafy greens, beans, potatoes, squash, avocados, bananas and mushrooms.

Copper helps with the creating of red blood cells which are vital for carrying oxygen through the bloodstream, and keeps nerves healthy and bones strong. Low copper levels may cause varicose veins, fatigue, anemia, nerve damage, a decrease in white blood cells, hemorrhoids, and iron deficiency. High copper levels may cause heart disease, paranoid and hallucinatory schizophrenia, hypo-tension, hyperactivity in children, autism, dry skin, constipation, PMS and hypoglycemia. Good sources of copper can be found in asparagus, meats, capers, basil, almonds, lentils, dark chocolate and mushrooms

Riboflavin (B2) helps to maintain healthy red blood cells. Low riboflavin levels may cause dermatitis, swelling of the tongue and soreness/swelling of the throat, anemia. High riboflavin levels can be toxic. Riboflavin can react with light causing toxic peroxides, damage liver and promotes the development of cancer causing cells. Good sources of copper can be found in coffee, yogurt, buttermilk, milk, beef, port, salmon, egg, almonds, soy nuts, spinach and mushrooms.

Vitamin D occurs when our skin is exposed to sunlight. Mushrooms are the only known vegetable to contain vitamin D. Low vitamin D levels may cause low moods, depression, fatigue, muscle weakness, bone pain and deficiencies. High vitamin D levels may cause vomiting, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, weight loss, high blood pressure, and heart arrhythmia. Long term vitamin D deficiency can cause kidney damage and kidney failure. Good sources of copper can be found in salmon, tuna, caviar, eggs, raw milk and mushrooms.

Selenium is a nutritional antioxidant, which influences the immune and inflammation responses and supports fertility in males. In Australia, New Zealand and the UK, some areas have been found to have low selenium levels in the soil. Low selenium levels may cause impaired immune function. Having too much selenium in your diet can cause white spots on nails, hair loss, fatigue, irritability and distress. Good sources of selenium can be found in grains, Brazil nuts, meat and fish but mushrooms are among the richest sources of selenium.

Ergothioneine reduces oxidative stress in cells, improves the immune system, reduces inflammation, sun damage, prevent wrinkles, and reduce the signs of aging. Low ergothioneine levels may cause inflamation, an increase in oxidative stress in cells and toxicity . High ergothioneine levels may cause cataracts, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and liver damage. Good sources of ergothioneine can be found in liver, oat bran, black beans, kidney beans and mushrooms.

Please consult with your physician or general practitioner before self administering supplements.

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How Can I Cook With Mushrooms?

Cooking with mushrooms

The health benefits of mushrooms are much easier to enjoy in a range of different culinary dishes. I love cooking with mushrooms, they provide so much flavour and depending on their type of mushrooms you choose, and the textures can be quite different. Portobello steak with a side of mashed cauliflower is a great way to enjoy the health benefits of mushrooms. Give it a try!

INGREDIENTS:

3 Portobello mushrooms
1/4 lemon
3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons of tahini
1/3 cup of cherry tomatoes
3 cups green beans
1/3 head of cauliflower
1 clove of garlic
horseradish, salt and pepper to taste

METHOD:

  1. Rinse all the produce. Peel and mince the garlic. Slice the cherry tomatoes in half. Remove the portobello mushroom stem. Chop the fresh cauliflower into small pieces.
  2. Boil the fresh cauliflower for about 10 minutes or until tender. Mash with a fork or potato masher, or puree in a food processor with some of the cooking liquid. Season with salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  3. Heat a grill pan, outdoor grill, or skillet over medium-high. Drizzle the portobello mushroom caps with balsamic vinegar, and place on hot pan. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, then flip and season with salt and pepper, replace cover and cook for another 5-10 minutes, or until the portobello mushrooms is tender. (Cooking time may vary, depending on the size of your portobello mushroom.) If you have a panini press or counter top grill, you can use that instead.
  4. Whisk together tahini and lemon juice, adding a splash of water to thin. Pile green beans and cherry tomatoes on a plate and drizzle with the lemon-tahini dressing.
  5. Serve with mashed cauliflower topped with a dollop of horseradish and Portobello.

I hope that this article has provided an interesting read about the health benefits of mushrooms. I look forward to sharing more insights about how Detox&Cure can help you heal naturally.

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